the issue with making an all-bi cast a mix of gay/bi/straight has a few prongs to it, none of them being that gay characters are included which is imo a great thing and what I was rooting for b4 this news
- there is no need to introduce straight characters just bc you introduced gay ones. there is nothing to balance out, this is not a zero sum game, there is nothing to gain by limiting romance options further just bc gays got to & it’s spiteful
- both gay and bi/pan/poly players who play same-gender romances now actually have fewer options and less representation bc one section of the romance pool is exclusive and unavailable to them. despite more ‘diversity’, the number of sg romances & lgb+ chars in existence has declined from ~9 to ~6
- it absolutely panders to straight players who couldn’t stand the thought of their LI being a total flamer in someone else’s game
- it absolutely panders to the idea that straight people must be included regardless of impact or necessity in order for something to be realistic, and that realism is in and of itself a thing that should be aimed for
- there is no way to make a char straight rather than a previously considered other option w/out there being unfortunate implications about what constitutes an lgb+ person. this is a problem inherent in transforming a population from all lgb+ to no longer so
- possibly the biggest issue is that in practice there will not be an ‘even’ split in the romance quality. having everyone be available to players of any gender was a safeguard that prevented straight characters from eating up all of the content but now that it’s removed you can guess from experience and demographic awareness what the results will be
- the content differences in da:o and me3 romances were notorious. as has been pointed out, in da:o the straight characters were both clearly the most game-essential companions and had the most involved romances. in me3, the gay characters were introduced in the last game of a trilogy and weren’t even squad members, interaction with them was lacking and as much as I loved them they honestly felt like optional add-ons.
- when we split the system as a way of catering to all groups, the most Important group will inevitably get the best pick: the most major characters, the most interaction, the most fulfilment. the next pick is involving characters that whilst unsettling to them can also be available to this demographic (bi/pan/poly choices), and the final and least cared about is involving characters that exclude them (gay choices). no intense attention is going to go into characters whose content will not be played by the majority of gamers, this is the nature of a system that caters to ‘diversity’ and ‘realism’ rather than compassion
so I’ve seen other gay ppl celebrate this and yeah I’m with you friends, I for one am looking forward to getting the characters and romances that weren’t good enough for the straight demographic, I love scraps and not being able to access content, really gets me going
And ME/2/3…gah. Not well handled. Let’s review, shall we?
Male Oriented Straight Romances in ME/ME2
- Tali’Zorah - love interest for M!Shepard (or Garrus in ME3, and only male characters, hmmm?)
- Ashley Williams - love interest for M!Shepard
- Miranda Lawson - love interest for M!Shepard
- Jack - love interest for M!Shepard
Female Oriented Straight Romance Options in ME/ME2
- Jacob Taylor - love interest for F!Shepard, effectively gets written out of existence and has a kid with someone else in Mass Effect 3 no matter what you do.
- Thane Krios - love interest for F!Shepard, dies in Mass Effect 3 no matter what you do.
- Garrus Vakarian - love interest for F!Shepard or Tali’Zorah
- Kaidan Alenko - love interest for F!Shepard only until Mass Effect 3, romancing Kaidan with M!Shepard prior to ME3 requires breaking or modding the game in order to do so ((WTF Bioware))
The only bisexual romance option in the game until Mass Effect 3 is Liara T’Soni. She’s perfectly fine with Shepard, no matter their gender, which is beautiful. Until Kaidan got freed up by the writer’s to pursue a romance with M!Shepard in ME3 (which was beautifully written and handled by all parts involved), she was the only one.
And that is a problem.
I’m not surprised that DA3 at this stage might mangle romances for folks. Gaider doesn’t fucking understand bisexuality and I can’t wait until he begins belittling and mocking folks who are rightfully furious about this very conscious decision by Bioware’s writing teams. Hawkesexuality or herosexuality is not a thing; bisexuality is very, VERY real.